Date: 19th March 2017 at 9:55am
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McLaren would be regularly winning Formula One Grand Prix in 2017 if they had Mercedes power instead of Honda power.

That’s according to McLaren boss Eric Boullier.

Boullier was talking to Spanish publication AS when they asked the very specific question.

‘I think we would.’ was the response, when pushed if he meant this season, he added: ‘Yes, we’d be winning again.’ [as quoted by Sky Sports].

The comments come at a time when genuine speculation in the paddock is suggesting that McLaren have indeed approached Mercedes in a bid to dump Honda, as soon as later this year Sky Sports.

Winter testing was rather worrying for McLaren, as the last couple of years have demonstrated Japanese manufacturer Honda have not got it together since returning to Formula One as part of the V6 Turbo-Hybrid era.

The power-unit is neither reliable or fast, McLaren are currently, based on times in Barcelona, around two seconds slower than Ferrari, Mercedes and Williams, around a second slower than Red Bull Racing, Force India and Toro Rosso and half a second off Haas.

By the time the Formula One season begins in Australia, Sauber may have even surpassed them.